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Noteworthy News for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

GrowSmart Maine in Portland received a $46,000 grant from the Quality of Place Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for its work to promote Maine’s quality of place. Ten thousand dollars of the award will support GrowSmart Maine’s Summit 2012. GrowSmart Maine promotes quality of place by convening and engaging in public conversations about Maine’s future. In 2009, the Environmental Funders Network, a joint project of the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Philanthropy Center, launched a collaborative funding initiative, “From Vision to Action: A Commitment to Maine’s Quality of Place.” The network has awarded more than $1.5 million over three years for 15 projects.


The Good Samaritan Agency announced that a $5,000 grant from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will support its Teen Parent Education program to help meet the educational needs of pregnant and parenting women who want to earn a high school diploma. Students take traditional high school courses, as well as classes that emphasize parenting skills and other practical life skills. Students come to the program from throughout the Bangor area. Curriculum oversight is provided by the Bangor Adult Education Program. The program depends on tuition from sending schools and the Bangor School Department, as well as funding through United Way grants. In the last five years, 65 percent of program graduates have gone on to further education, either to a four-year college, junior college, or technical school, or have become employed.

For information, visit goodsamaritanbangor.org.


The Maine Community Foundation offers nearly 450 scholarships that support students pursuing music, journalism, teaching, horticulture, technology, the arts and many other fields. The scholarships are available to students attending secondary, post-secondary and graduate schools, as well as nontraditional programs. A complete listing of scholarships available for the coming school year is online at mainecf.org.


The Casco Bay Chapter of the Maine Maritime Academy Alumni Association is seeking donations of nautical items for its annual Marine Flea Market. The event, to be held in conjunction with the Maine Boat Builders Show March 16-18 at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland, serves as a fundraiser for chapter sponsored support of academy programs and student scholarships. Donations of marine-related items are being solicited by volunteers and include boats, motors, sails, rigging, radars, marine radios, life vests, brass propellers, marine toilets and stoves, marine fittings and unopened marine paint. If donors are unsure of the suitability of items, volunteers will provide a consultation. To make a donation or to arrange for pick up, contact David Fenderson at davidoilman@yahoo.com or 781-4240, or David Witherill at penbaydw@maine.rr.com or 829-3046.


Bangor Savings Bank Foundation began its annual grant-making initiative, Community Matters More, on Jan. 23. The bank’s charitable program asks Maine residents to weigh in on how best to allocate the $100,000 the bank has pledged to give to 68 Maine nonprofit organizations. Voting ends March 4. Grant winners will be announced at the end of March. Each of the 48 nonprofits listed on the ballot will receive at least a $1,000 grant for participating in the program, and the top 20 write-ins with the most public support also will receive a grant from the foundation. The organizations with the most votes in each of the eight regions (including write-ins) will receive $5,000 each. Votes may be cast online at bangor.com/cmm. Paper ballots are available at Bangor Savings branches statewide, and at each of the participating nonprofits. Any Maine resident is eligible to vote for up to three nonprofits.

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